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The Rise, Rise and Rise in the Chinese Internet Population

18 January 2008

According to the figures just released by China Internet Network Information Center on 17 January, by the end of 2007, the number of Internet users in mainland China reaches 210 million, only 5 million less than that in America.

However, as the nation with the second largest population of Netizens after the United States, the percentage of people who log online is still lower than the world average, about 16 percent to 19 percent.

The latest figures also reflect a trend that the Internet connections in China begin to reach all levels in the community, with the fastest growth of the online population observed among old citizens, low income groups and those living in rural areas.

The average monthly cost for Internet connection in China is about 75 yuan - around AUD$12 - which is considered a bit too much to bear for average Chinese income earners. Logging online at an Internet bar is relatively cheaper; one in third of Chinese Netizens are said to be frequent bar patrons.

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Let's Keep in Perspective

A little boy and his girlfriend

A business man, a politician and a Chinese Netizen are discussing the merits of having a mistress.

The business man tells of the wealth, the delight that associates with the feeling of owning something to which he's not entitled.

The politician speaks of the power, the thrill which comes with the fantasy of possessing the whole world.

The Chinese Netizen says, "Well, in my opinion, the best part of it is that my wife thinks I'm out with my mistress, my mistress thinks I'm home with my wife, and I can spend all night on the computer!"


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